December 11, 2014
6:00pm reception, 7:00pm promenade

Unsilent Night

Join the Mitchell Center, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership for a free interactive holiday event, Unsilent Night. New York composer, Phil Kline, created this 43 minute piece, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music that can easily be downloaded on your smart phone, prior to your arrival.  When participants play their different “parts” simultaneously, it helps create the special sound of the piece.

Please arrive any time starting at 6pm to enjoy hot chocolate from Katz Coffee, sweet treats from Whole Foods Market, beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company  and a special visit from Santa!


A few key things to know before you arrive. There are different ways to participate: smartphones, boomboxes, laptops, mp3 players, or anything that plays music!

If you’re using a smartphone: The free Unsilent Night app is available for iOS download through the Apple App Store here and Android download through the Amazon App Store here.  The app must be downloaded while connected to Wi-Fi so please download it before arriving to the Sabine Street Promenade! Once it’s on your phone, you’ll be able to easily play any of the four selected tracks on your phone the night of the event. If you need any help downloading the app in advance of the event, please email us and we’ll help you figure it out!

If you are using a boombox: We’ll have a few Unsilent Night CDs available for guests to play on their own boomboxes as well as a few boomboxes already loaded with CDs available for guests to use during the parade.

If you’re using an mp3 player: Each of the four Unsilent Night tracks are available here for free download under “Download a Sound File.” You are welcome to pick any one of the tracks you’d like to play that night. If you are coming in a group, we encourage you to download different tracks. If you plan on using an mp3 player, please bring a set of speakers – the louder the better!


Make sure to bring your cell phone fully charged, dress warmly, and wear comfortable shoes. If you have portable speakers for your smartphone or listening device, please bring those as well! We will have a limited number of boomboxes and speakers available for use during the parade.

Unsilent Night is a sound sculpture created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four tracks on their smartphone, boomboxes, or mp3 players. Please be sure to download the music for Unsilent Night before you arrive on Thursday.


LOCATION: Buffalo Bayou, Sabine Promenade, see map here
PARKING: Directions to Unsilent Night can be found here. Parking is available on site in Lot H of the Sabine Street Promenade, look for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership tents when you arrive.